About this project
Six days, 16 Bands, 12+ Concerts, 200+ Musicians = HONK NYC!
10/8/14: We're down to the wire!!! Can we make it? We need all of you to pledge now or else we will lose all the support we've gained in the past weeks. Please, pitch in NOW to put us over the top!
A feast for the ears, enticing and delightful to the eye, HONK NYC! presents a wide range of music that everyone can dance to. The festival is organized by members of NYC’s own Hungry March Band in conjunction with local music promoters, venues, schools, arts and community organizations.
HONK NYC! was unofficially “founded” in 2007 as an after-party to the Boston-area HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands. In this year, HONK NYC's eighth, we've discovered our band uniforms are too small. Over the course of this campaign, we've realized the following:
We have officially become our own, full-fledged festival production.
If there is an emoticon for nail biting, please insert here.
In the immediate, our 2014 campaign is about funding a festival estimated to cost over $17,000. One example: we just ordered TWO of these 38 seater coaches to bring our visiting artists to NYC from the Providence Honk.
Another example: last night we printed over 100 our of festival posters. Today our publicist, the great John Seroff at GreenHouse Publicity, who works for half his professional rate on our project, sent out another round of announcements. Why do we do this?
We want as many NYers as possible to know about this great work!
Those are just a few of our expenses, and they're well worth it. What we're doing now - again, as we did last year - is laying another foundational level of our festival infrastructure. It's obvious to us in so many ways how all the long hours of work in 2013 paid off: it was much easier this year for us to program some of our core events. Because of that, we were able to add a 5th school to our educational program, to work again with the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space and John Seroff, and to develop real partnerships with More Gardens!, WFMU and Ariana's List.
This year’s campaign is helping us realize what is necessary to establish a sustainable, on-going festival production model for this particular event.
We want to continue to be able to present our programming for many years to come. Your support NOW makes this year’s fest possible, and assists us in grounding and expanding our infrastructure moving forward.
We are so thrilled to be bringing you another huge endeavor. Eleven local projects, five bands from across the country and the world, eight of which are new to HONK NYC! -- it is a true meeting of the horns, the dancers, the drums, the music and YOU!
We cannot wait to see you in the streets, on the ferry, in the schools, at the parties, in the gardens, and at the parade!
Meet Our Visitors: We have five bands coming to us this year!
Three international groups:
- Les Muses Tanguent, an all-female ensemble from Paris, France;
- Radio Kaizman, hip-hop New Orleans-influenced from Lyon, France;
- Pakava It' - art ensemble from Moscow, Russia.
Two from the United States:
- Chaotic Noise Marching Corps, from Seattle.
And, in their 8th appearance at HONK NYC!:
- Environmental Encroachment, from Chicago.
Meet our returning (and much beloved) NYC participants:
- Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars (Our mentor in all things brass!);
- The Himalayas, featuring Kenny Wollesen;
- Raya Brass Band;
- PitchBlak Brass Band;
- Underground Horns;
- Batala NYC;
- Wollesonic Lab's Sonic Massage.
- And of course, the HONK NYC! festival founders, Hungry March Band.
New York bands making their first appearance at HONK NYC! 2014 include:
We LOVE our School Program!
What child doesn’t love a moment to dance, sing, play music and express themselves? HONK NYC! believes all children should have the opportunity to enjoy the wonder and magic of live music. With the help of our Kickstarter backers, in 2013, our four guest bands played to over 2,000 school children in Brooklyn and Staten Island. This will again happen this year! We look forward to introducing the following bands to our partner institutions:
- P.S. 10 will meet Les Muses Tanguent;
- P.S. 130 will encounter Pakava It';
- Maple Street School will dance with Environmental Encroachment;
- Staten Island Community Charter School will welcome Environmental Encroachment back for the third year in a row;
- Bishop Ford Pre-Schol, our newest partner, will enjoy a concert from Radio Kaizman.
Meet our presenting partners:
WFMU's Transpacific Sound Paradise, produced by WFMU DJ Rob Weisberg at Monty Hall, WFMU’s new performance venue;
Barbes in Brooklyn, Olivier Conan’s intimate venue;
More Gardens, our East Village Cavalcade of Pomp co-organizers.
Here is the Tine Tee - all different, all special, remixed and redesigned, as modeled by festival steward Sara Valentine, and accompanied by some employees of the TSA!
HONK NYC! is one of six spin-offs of the Boston-area HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands, a summit of more than thirty such ensembles taking place annually over Columbus Day weekend. Founded in 2007, HONK NYC!, like its sister festivals, honors the creative movement of politically active, socially minded, and musically diverse professional and community-based street bands working in the United States, Europe, Australia and South America today.
Risks and challenges
Presenting a multi-day arts festival in NYC is no small endeavor. HONK NYC!'s resilience is due as much to the passion of its producers as it is to the power of the community of artists, activists, and neighbors supporting it. They are the backbone of this festival, and have committed to working as hard in 2014 as they have in years past to make the dream of HONK NYC! a reality. 2014 is our year to solidify connections and strengthen the foundation of our festival to create a sustainable model that can continue to grow and flourish for years to come.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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